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Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
April 2018 | Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
To mark Nutrition and Hydration Week, Bidfood has launched a new guide that aims to help care homes find novel and creative ways to achieve healthy hydration amongst residents. 
 
Free to download from here https://www.bidfood.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BID-1083_ƒ-Nutrition-Hydration-Week.pdf, Bidfood has designed the guide to support those caring for the 40,000+ elderly and disabled people currently in residential care and nursing homes across the UK. With an extra 71,000 care home spaces needed in the next eight years1, it's more important than ever that caterers have the tools and resources to ensure the specialist needs of the elderly are met with not only nourishing, but inspiring solutions. 
 
Bidfood's Nutrition and Hydration guide includes everything from recipes and educational quizzes, to guidance on fluid intake. For example, by giving residents their own jug of water and access to squash sticks, they can independently prepare their own soft drinks and maintain their individual drinking routines.  
 
Vicky Mogford, Marketing Manager, Customer Marketing at Bidfood, said: 'Malnutrition is a key issue amongst the elderly and it's imperative that healthy hydration levels are maintained throughout the day. This can be from both hot and cold drinks as well as food with high water content, such as vegetables. The right food and drink can enhance a resident's experience as well as play a part in their care and wellbeing - irrespective of their length of stay. 
'It's of course of vital importance that strict nutritional standards are met, however we also believe that sharing a drink or meal together should be enjoyed. Sadly, many of the elderly can experience a loss in appetite and concentration levels - meaning it's even more important that food and drink options are as appealing as possible.  
 
'Eating and drinking can be a wonderful social experience, and can bring a lot of pleasure through taste, presentation and flavour. Our guide is about marrying the two up - bringing together the nutritional needs of the elderly along with creativity to inspire care home catering teams to bring innovative dishes to residents.' 
 
Bidfood's guide also includes advice on tableware and how to ensure residents can hydrate safely. An example of this would be providing biodegradable straws so residents can minimise the difficulty of controlling the angle that a cup is tipped at, avoiding too much liquid being dispensed. Alternatively, offering drinking cups with handles which are easy to grip, can help to reduce spillages amongst residents who have tremors. 
 
The Bidfood Nutrition and Hydration guide will launch this month (March 2018) with a roadshow taking place during Nutrition and Hydration Week. The roadshow will see Bidfood team up with suppliers to host nutrition experiences at care homes across the country including a cupcake decorating workshop with Dr Oetker to get residents involved in food preparation and a 'golden oldie' cinema with popcorn and ice cream. 
 
For more information or to download the guide please visit our care home page https://www.bidfood.co.uk/care-homes/
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Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
April 2018 | Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
A NEW Forest nursing home has become the third Colten Care facility in less than a year to gain an official 'Outstanding' rating. 
Inspectors from the CQC awarded their highest grade to Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, praising its 'exceptionally personalised' care and declaring its service especially 'effective, responsive and well-led'. 
The hat-trick follows Outstanding ratings for two of Colten's other New Forest homes: Linden House in Lymington and Kingfishers in New Milton. 
Staff members at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst are pictured celebrating their Outstanding rating from the CQC.
Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
April 2018 | Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
SOWERBY House has promoted its deputy manager to lead the team of staff and volunteers at the Thirsk-based care home. 
Katie Hodgson, who joined the home in 2016, has more than 16 years' experience in the field. She started her care career with Sowerby House, where she worked with the Thirsk home, and returned as deputy manager more than a decade later. 
During her career, Katie has had a number of deputy and acting manager positions, giving her a great deal of experience in managing the day-to-day running of a care home. She also worked closely with Sowerby House's previous manager to implement positive changes during the last 12 months. 
Katie had originally interviewed for a manager's position at a different home, but when the previous manager left the company, she was offered the role at Sowerby House.
Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
April 2018 | Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
EXPERIENCED elderly and dementia care specialist Kelly Hennessey-Ford has been appointed to launch a new home care service in Cheltenham. 
Kelly is opening a branch of SweetTree Home Care Services, one of the UK's leading care providers, and is in the process of recruiting a team of carers. 
SweetTree, established 15 years ago, serves more than 350 clients and employs a team of 500 carers and support workers who look after elderly residents and those with complex needs including learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurological conditions and dementia. 
Its service in London has just been rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, making SweetTree one of the top performing home care providers in the UK.
Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
April 2018 | Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
POSTGRADUATE researchers from the University of Birmingham have hailed a major Staffordshire heritage project as a shining example of the reuse of a historical site, during a visit to Newcastle-under-Lyme's oldest building. 
The researchers, from the University of Birmingham's Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, visited the 17th century building, currently being sympathetically regenerated as part of a wider £13.5m development by state-of-the-art care village operator Belong, to see first-hand the process of bringing new life to a site of historical interest.  
The visit also provided postgraduate students and doctoral researchers with a chance to observe the delivery phase of a Heritage Lottery Fund backed project. 
Researchers from the University of Birmingham's International Institute for Cultural Heritage pictured outside the Maxims building.
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Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
April 2018 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
April 2018 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
April 2018 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
April 2018 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
April 2018 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
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25/04/2018 | The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018, The NEC Birmingham
25/04/2018 | Naidex 2018, The NEC Birmingham
22/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Staffordshire, Keele University
23/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Blackpool, Herons Reach - Village Hotel Blackpool
05/06/2018 | Commercial Kitchen Show 2018, The NEC, Birmingham